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Na Fianna's Clerkin bags U15 hurling title

A LAST-GASP goal from Ruadhán Clerkin earned Na Fianna a memorable 3-11 to 1-16 victory over St Brigid's in their absorbing Dublin Under 15 Hurling League Division 1 final at Russell Park last Sunday.

The win completed a league and championship double for the Glasnevin lads who had to withstand a valiant second-half comeback from St Brigid's as they battled back from an 11-point interval deficit.

"It's a very nice feeling to do the double," said Na Fianna manager Dermot Moran. "I thought we had lost it at one stage but we impressed on the lads to play until the final whistle and thankfully it went our way.

"We are delighted ... and it is important we drive on next year and build on these foundations."

The visitors dominated the early exchanges and the attacking prowess of Colm Currie ensured a 2-8 to 0-3 interval lead.

Currie, who hit 1-11, was in sublime form, benefiting from the tireless work of Peter Feeney and Liam Stacey while Conor Kelly, Shane O'Brien, Peter Mongey and centre-back Donal Burke were others to shine for the winners.

The hosts were a different proposition in the second-half with Cian O'Sullivan and Kevin O'Callaghan both hugely influential as St Brigid's launched a stirring comeback.

O'Callaghan's goal and a string of points saw Brigid's overtake their opponents but despite their best efforts, the hosts succumbed to Clerkin's sucker punch in the third minute of injury-time.